IPL 2023: MI has a history of playing fearless cricket in the knockouts, says Tilak Varma ahead of Qualifier 2

By India Today Sports Desk: Mumbai Indians batter Tilak Varma said they have a history of playing fearless cricket in the knockout stages of the Indian Premier League. MI are set to face defending champions Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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Speaking ahead of the game, Varma said he is happy to bat wherever his team needs him, insisting that it is important to keep the basics right. Mumbai will be aiming to reach their seventh IPL final with a win over GT in Ahmedabad.

“In my mind I just think that it’s just like another game and we need to keep the basics right. I like to play at the top order, but I am happy to bat wherever my team needs me. At that moment I just think that if it is in my range then I will hit it,” said Varma.

He went on to say that Mumbai Indians have a history of playing fearless cricket in the knockout stages of the IPL. MI beat Lucknow Super Giants by 81 runs to book a spot in the second Qualifier of IPL 2023.

“If MI comes in knockout, then we have a history that we play fearless cricket. The mindset in the dressing room is also the same,” Varma added.

MI finished fourth in the IPL 2023 points table, overcoming Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore on the last day of the league stage. MI had 16 points from 14 matches, winning eight and losing six. They then beat LSG by a huge margin of 81 runs in Chennai to reach the second Qualifier.

As for GT, they topped the league stage with 20 points in 14 games, winning 10 and losing just four. The defending champions were then defeated by Chennai Super Kings by 15 runs in the Eliminator in Chennai. The winner of the match between MI and GT, will face MS Dhoni’s CSK in the final in Ahmedabad on May 28.